I struggled with an appropriate project for HSM #4 (War & Peace) until the perfect opportunity fell into my lap. My boyfriend has been in need of a properly fitted regimental since he started reenacting and decided to pony up the money for a Henry Cooke workshop that was being held in Winchester. Which of course really meant that I was taking the Henry Cooke workshop. I have to give him credit here though; he did quite a bit of the grunt work on the internal seams.
With “A Call to Arms” at Mt. Vernon scheduled for the first weekend of May it was the perfect deadline. I finished putting on the buttons the Wednesday before. Confession: the buttonholes have not been finished. They’re not even whipped. But the coat is 100% functional!
The Challenge: War and Peace
Pattern: Henry Cook
Year: Based on the 1779 Regulations
Notions: 32 buttons, about 2.5 yards of 1/4″ twill tape, 4 hooks and eyes
How historically accurate is it? 98%. I’m leaving 2% for the fact that none of the materials were actually made in the 1770s. It’s made of Kochan & Phillips wool broadcloth, the lining is wool serge and linen, and everything is hand sewn.
Hours to complete: Approximately 20 hours. I have about 10 left for the buttonholes.
First worn: 3/4 May for “A Call to Arms” at Mt. Vernon
Total cost: Nothing. I was merely the sewing lackey.